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So I've been away for a while because I sold my 99 K1200LT. :mad:
(That was a mistake) I moved on to an 07 Ducati Monster S4R.
(Love the bike) BUT, I want to get something that I would be able to do longer distances with more comfort. The Duc gets a little old after 5 hours! Or maybe that's me. Anyway, the reason for this post is, I was very comfy riding the LT in a pounding down rainstorm with only my crotch getting wet because of where I had to put the windshield to be able to see. The rain came over the windshield and hit the faceshield of my helmet dropped. My
S.O. was completely dry. Does the R1200RT offer the same protection from the rain or will we get wet? She is shorter than me and I pretty much keep her from any wind/rain. I would really like an RT but would take another LT if it provides better rain protection.
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RT with an aftermarket screen (CalSci for me) is perfect. I can ride in heavy rain in a nice quiet pocket of calm air doing legal speeds or less.
 

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I stay fairly dry on my 2007 RT12 if I keep moving above 50mph. This is with a V stream screen mind.
You'll want the rear infills and BMW rear extender fitted to keep the pillion dryer as well.

I think with any bike once you slow down you'll get wettter.
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I moved from an 02 LT to a 2008 RT this year and find them about the same for rain protection. I rode the bike to Canada from Florida and had 2 days of steady rain but stayed totally dry in my cheap $20 rainsuit. I really don't see any difference in protection between the 2 bikes, you get wet feet on both bikes. I have a CalSci windshield.

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itspossible said:
I moved from an 02 LT to a 2008 RT this year and find them about the same for rain protection. I rode the bike to Canada from Florida and had 2 days of steady rain but stayed totally dry in my cheap $20 rainsuit. I really don't see any difference in protection between the 2 bikes, you get wet feet on both bikes. I have a CalSci windshield.

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I did the same back in 08'.
Really both models are similar in the rain protection category. ;)
 

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itspossible said:
I moved from an 02 LT to a 2008 RT this year and find them about the same for rain protection. I rode the bike to Canada from Florida and had 2 days of steady rain but stayed totally dry in my cheap $20 rainsuit. I really don't see any difference in protection between the 2 bikes, you get wet feet on both bikes. I have a CalSci windshield.

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Thanks, that's what i thought.
Thanks to all who replied!
 

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2010 RT, Cee Bailey Rallye Sport windshield. Pulled into Dodge City, Kansas in the middle of a great rain, had been in it at freeway speeds for about 2 1/2 hours. Boots got wet (Sidi) but that was it. Another time up in the Dixie National Forrest, Utah, an all day rain, lightly falling, for about 6 hours, speeds about 50-60 MPH. Sleeves got some spray, that was it. BTW, I was wearing an H-D rain suit, cost 100 bucks, folds up smaller than half the size of a football---best rain suit I ever used.
 

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Depends on the wind and rain. Only in a few situations will any bike keep you fairly dry and even then something might get wet, i.e., hands, arms, feet, etc. Also, if you ride long enough you will get wet. You need a rain suit.

Reminds me of the time I hit a light summer shower while on my ST1300. I did not stop because I could see an end to the rain shower. And I was fairly dry. Friends traveling with me in a car suddenly pull off to the shoulder of the highway. I pull up next to them...
Friends - "Are you ok?"
Me - "Not any more!"
Pulled into a gas station and put on my rain suit but I was already wet.

If you got a minute look at the video in this post. Btw, not a drop inside the waterproof bag on my RT, Not all the rain was this hard but we did ride about 10 hours in rain that day.
Look here: Heavy Rain

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